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However nowhere does the Bible specifically say it was the sound waves themselves that caused the walls to fall just that it happened while the people shouted.

I thought the unraveling of this mystery was very neat, and I definitely learned some new terms for sound.

It never really occurred to me that sound could be directed at a certain spot.

I know I'm late to this party but I just heard the Jericho argument on the radio (maybe a re-run? Anyhow, the discussion went on the direction of sound power (decibels) but that's not the only way to bring down things with sound. Assuming the wind hits the wall head on (not necessary but it makes it easier on the imagination), it's easy to imagine the wind pushing the wall back.

By using the resonance phenomena one (or a group of people) could bring down bridges, towers and even walls. A strong enough wind will bring the wall down by force.

Actually the city had two levels of walls, an inner and outer wall or upper and lower wall, and both fell (it was built on a type of hill or tell).

And they found that the city was totally burned after the walls fell and even the full pots grain was burned(which is an unique archaeological find because usually after a siege there would be no more grain left or the conquering army would plunder the grain).

Notice that the strength of the wind isn't relevant; ANY wind would eventually bring down the wall as long as it respected the oscillation os the wall.

Like a child on a park swing, if the pusher wants to make the child go higher, the pusher would only push when the child hits the highest swinging point.

The point is that we will not know exactly what happened because the stories in the old testament are purposefully vague.

They are vague because they are meant to be interpreted, not taken literally.

Many thanks to the 2010 Shofar All-Stars who played for us: David Liebowitz, Daniela Drakhler, Miriam Frank, Adam Hametz-Berner, Rachel Kelk, Ed Kerson, Anna Levy, Richard Scheiner, and Robert Wine.